Pregnancy and Maternity

After you've established a doctor-endorsed protocol, your pharmacist can assist you throughout the pregnancy until the child is born.

Riverbend Pharmacy is a family-owned pharmacy that aims to help your child be born healthy and strong. As such, we invite all patients to meet with one of our pharmacists during pregnancy and maternity early phases. We may give you information on vitamins and medicines to consider taking and address worries related to breastfeeding.

Pregnancy Related Symptoms

Pregnant women are more prone to nausea and acid reflux. While they are typically not dangerous, they can be quite unpleasant. Your pharmacist can assist you in managing your symptoms while also ensuring there are no risks for the fetus.

Advice on Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are available without a prescription from most pharmacies and you should be looking for a prenatal vitamins that includes calcium and vitamin D to check for folic acid and iron. These specific vitamins aid in the formation of the baby’s teeth and bones by promoting tooth and bone development. It’s also worth looking for a prenatal vitamin with C, A, E, B vitamins, zinc, and iodine.

Depending on the circumstances, your doctor may recommend higher dosages of certain nutrients. For example, if you’ve given birth to a kid with a neural tube defect, your doctor may recommend a separate vitamin supplement containing a greater amount of folic acid — such as 4 milligrams (4,000 micrograms) — before and during any future

However, if you’re unsure about what dosage to take, stick with the recommended amount. When it comes to taking extra prenatal vitamins or multivitamins, stay away from doses greater than you require on a daily basis. Some vitamins in excessive quantities might be harmful to your baby. Extra vitamin A throughout pregnancy has the potential to harm your infant.

Medication advice

Certain drugs should be avoided during pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding since they might harm the fetus, even in tiny amounts. Before taking any medications, talk to your pharmacist about the prospective side effects of each one.

If your child requires over-the-counter medication, your pharmacist can advise you on how to administer it safely.

Gestational Diabetes

If you acquire gestational diabetes during your pregnancy and need to take insulin to control it, your pharmacist will show you how to do so and provide tips for managing the condition. They’ll also advise you on how to check your blood sugar at home.

Breast Feeding

If you are a new mother, you may need to use a breast pump. It is possible to rent this gadget and all of its accessories through participating pharmacies. Your pharmacist can also show you how to use it and clean your breast pump equipment.